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The Yeoman's House

(Ref. 989001)

Bignor, Sussex Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is unique and beautiful, in a very quiet location in the heart of the South Downs National Park."

    The beds are comfy, there's plenty of space in the living room and dining room .There are plenty of walks from the door, a short walk to the Roman Villa in Bignor. Everything you could want is in the property. There is Wifi, but due to the thickness of the walls it works best in the living room. Telephone reception on Vodafone isn't brilliant but there is a signal in the garden. The gardens are relaxing and there is lots of space to enjoy warm summer evenings.The roads to the property are single track with passing places but are not busy. This is common in this part of the world. The property is close to all the major road links to all the exciting places you can visit in the area. We didn't drive more than 40 minutes to visit any of the attractions. Portsmouth and Brighton are both about an hour away. Overall a wonderful place to kick back, relax and de-stress whilst contemplating the centuries of people who have sat where you are sitting.

    Thank you for the excellent feedback, we're delighted that you enjoyed all the local area has to offer and were also able to relax in this wonderful cottage. Best wishes, HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Jul 2023

  • "Simply stunning."

    Set in a beautifully quite part of the world surrounded by trees and hedges giving total privacy. This property had character in abundance. Owners gave great communication and made use feel very welcome. If you want an idyllic week/weekend away you won't be disappointed.

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2023

  • "Perhaps one of the most intriguing houses we have used for a break."

    We found the welcome and preparation for our stay very good. There is a very friendly family-home feel to the house. All furniture was comfortable. Spacious - it is clear that a full house of six would easily be accommodated. A summer booking would also benefit from the large garden space. Parking was easy. The location, for us, was ideal - we specifically wanted to visit Chichester, but also enjoyed visits to the Chichester Harbour AONB for tranquility, tearooms (Bosham), and walks. Petworth House and Grounds are definitely worth visiting for exercise, massively interesting trees and the house. The South Downs are also well worth enjoying. In short, well placed for exploration (and eating). Highly recommended at every level.

    Thank you for this wonderful feedback which is much appreciated. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Yeoman's House and managed to visit so many interesting places in the surrounding area. We would love to welcome you again. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a great chance to stay in an unusual and historic property."

    The village environment was terrific in spring: it was lovely to see so many spring flowers and to be so deep in the Sussex countryside.It was a good base for the many attractions and historic sites of West Sussex.

    Thank you for this lovely feedback - we're so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Yeoman's House and loved the surrounding environment too. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bronwen4.7Mar 2023

  • "We were disappointed that a small welcoming pack had not been provided."

    At all of our previous bookings a small bottle of milk, a few tea bags, small coffee and sugar have been provided which is a nice touch after a long journey to the property

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not receive a welcome pack, we understand that is something very appreciated by guests on arrival. This has been passed on to the owner. We hope that you enjoyed your stay. Best Wishes Hideaways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.8Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Yeoman's House immensely."

    It provided a rare and unique opportunity to experience living in a notable medieval property with many original features combined with modern comforts. The owners were friendly and helpful and ensured all that we needed was provided. Sitting out in the sun in the large and private garden was another welcome component of our stay. The South Downs location was stunning and very well positioned for undertaking a plethora of day trips near and far. We hope to return again.

    Thank you so much for providing such lovely feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay in this historic property. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of staying is such an historic setting

    Thank you for your review and we're delighted that you enjoyed staying at The Yeoman's House. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    5.0Apr 2022

  • "The house, gardens and location are absolutely gorgeous and we loved our stay."

    The only (minor) niggle is that the WiFi is not strong enough to work upstairs.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Yeomans House. It's always lovely to hear how much you have enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back again in the future. I will pass on your comments to the owner with regards to the WiFi. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7May 2021

  • "Extraordinary to stay in a perfectly preserved 15th century house."

    Garden very pretty. Very big rooms. Lovely sofas. Liked the mezzanine with bean bags. Liked the abundance of appliances. Could benefit from a hairdryer and teabags. Thank you for all the useful restaurant and pub tips. It is situated in a pretty village on the literary trail and the walk to the Arun for a swim is lovely with lots of wild garlic around. Very responsive hostess. A delightful place.

    We are pleased to hear that you were able to experience staying at in this wonderfully preserved 15th century house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sebastian4.7Apr 2021

  • "It was great to lie in bed, looking at the ancient roof beams and hearing the owls swooping outside."

    A unique, beautiful house. Lovely gardens. Friendly, helpful hosts. Lots of great walks from the front door.

    We are pleased that you enjoyed the character of the house and were able to experience the local walks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip3.8Oct 2020

  • "Lovely old house (modern amenities) with beautiful surroundings."

    My only suggestions would be a DVD player with the TV and a Teapot plus larger cafeteria - otherwise very happy with our stay and great communication with the owners.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Yeoman's House. We always love to received feedback from our guests and will pass on your comments to the owner. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great communication with owners."

    Thrilled to be custodians for 4 nights of this impressive, historical property. Gorgeous place to recharge your batteries in comfort with the bonus of a stunning garden. The Yeomans House, is in a peaceful setting with a great walks on your doorstep. Easy reach to many locations; Petworth, Midhurst, Arundel, Chichester, Goodwood, Amberley, beaches & ancient forests. We would highly recommend a visit to Bignor Roman villa.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding Yeoman's House. It's always lovely to hear guest's thoughts on the stay and we hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great house in a great location."

    If you are looking for something different then this is it. It is a very old house so there are steep staircases and the layout is a bit quirky, but plenty of space for 6 adults.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "A really wonderful house beautifully adapted for 21st century living whilst retaining so much character."

    Loved the comfort of the master bedroom. Great stay. Amazing house. Perfect for walks.

    New Year Guests

  • "Thank you so much for organising The Yeoman's House for us; it was exactly the way you had described it and we just loved our week there."

    Mr & Mrs Carder

  • "Super house, quiet and relaxing."

    Good location for exploring the area. Well equipped.

    Mr Jemmett And Mr Hutchinson

  • "We had an excellent time in this lovely old house with the wonderful garden in which the children played every evening."

    Albrecht Family

  • "Amazing house and great walks along the coast and nearby!"

    Mabbut Family

  • "Lovely walks and a lovely house."

    Various Guests

  • "Lovely house, so full of history but still homely and welcoming."

    Thank you for a lovely stay.

    The Avery Family

  • "Our stay at The Yeoman's House was very much enjoyed, as we used it as our base for my daughter's wedding at Bignor House on Saturday 24th September."

    Everyone who stayed there or visited was enchanted by the age and character of the property as we were, and had many questions. The house looks splendid as a backdrop in some of the pre-wedding photos we took inside and outside. The wedding venue, the weather (especially as the ceremony was outside) and The Yeoman's House as our home for the weekend were all brilliant.

    Mr Wood

  • "We oohed and aahed at the house and gazed at the lovely garden settling into autumn."

    We visited nearby Petworth house and village and Midhurst Cowdray estate and wondered the lanes. We took the very short walk on the footpath to the side the house to the Roman Villa and marvelled at the mosaics and walked to the White Horse pub in Sutton and had a meal. We sat on the bench by the church and enjoyed the vista and calm. We watched the pheasants on the lawn, listened to the owls, visited by robins and squirrels. We were rained on and sunned on and just relaxed for a few days. In the words of the song ' Who could ask for anything more?'

    Mr & Mrs Morris

  • "We booked The Yeoman's House for a special occasion, and it fulfilled everything we could have wished for."

    Beautiful location, gorgeous gardens, a truly historic home. We had everything we needed ...and more. We visited Arundel, the Roman Villa just a few moments walk away, and enjoyed walking on the South Downs. We would recommend Kingly Vale, the Weald and Downland Museum too.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Beautiful house, spacious, very well modernised in keeping with the house, and in lovely surroundings near to a wide range of activities including walking directly from the house in the South Downs."

    Very important to us was that there were 4 single beds as well as a double plus a camp bed if we had wanted it and a bed on a platform ditto. Too many houses have too m any double beds which is no good for friends sharing

  • "The place was amazing"


  • "Beautiful house, obviously lovingly cared for."

    Garden is a delight. Ourselves and our guests had a wonderful stay.

    Mr And Mr Latter

  • "My sister and I stayed in The Yeoman's House over Easter weekend with our three young children and had a fabulous time."

    The house is large and spacious and has an incredible history. The kids had an absolutely fantastic time both inside the house and running around the huge garden. With an acre to explore and a trampoline to bounce on they were never bored. We played frisbee for hours in the back garden and had an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday which we will never forget! The owners were very helpful, giving us lots of recommendations of local pubs and places of interest before we stayed. We went to a pub they recommended for lunch which was fantastic and took the kids to Singleton Open Air Museum where we got to visit another medieval house just like the Yeoman's but without the modernisation. It was fascinating. All in all it was a unique and special experience staying in such an old house with so much character and all mod cons that we thoroughly enjoyed.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

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  • One bedroom: 1 x king size with ensuite Bathroom/WC with independent shower above the bath
  • 1 x twin and a mezzanine/play/TV area platform above, accessed by a ladder (NB not suitable for children under 10), Extra single folding bed also available, 1 x twin and wash basin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Living room
  • Utility
  • Hallway/study.
  • Central heating
  • Electric 'range' cooker, two dishwashers, washing machine, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • TV, WIFI
  • Travel cot
  • Off road parking
  • Large garden with flagstone terrace and extensive lawned areas bordered by mature, yew hedging, separate orchard and further very large play area for children
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: £100 refundable good housekeeping bond payable on booking
  • Note: One steep carpeted staircase takes you up to the main bedroom
  • At the other end of the property is another un-carpeted staircase leading to the twin room. OWNER IS VERY FLEXIBLE ON THE CHANGEOVER DAY.

The property

A unique Grade II listed circa 1400 Medieval Hall surrounded by an acre of gardens in the village of Bignor, West Sussex.

Still retaining its original features including vaulted ceilings and fine timberwork, The Yeoman’s House is a unique characterful retreat for a family or group of friends.

Step inside into the hallway, and you will find a downstairs toilet and cloakroom area.

Beyond this, a light dining room with garden views with additional easy seating.

This leads to the spacious sitting room featuring an imposing feature inglenook fireplace and traditional exposed timberwork.

Sit back in the comfortable sofas and enjoy a relaxing evening in after an action-packed day.

Beyond the sitting room is a small study, perfect for quiet reading or home working.

Contrasting with the age of the house, the streamlined and contemporary kitchen with stainless steel units provides everything needed for the group to prepare hearty meals which everyone can enjoy in the dining area.

An oak staircase takes you upstairs to the vaulted bedrooms, the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and striking original chimney breast, a twin room, and a further twin bedroom with a mezzanine TV area.

A family shower room completes the accommodation. Outside, The Yeoman’s House is surrounded by an extensive lawned garden bordered by mature hedging.

There is a flagstone terrace where you can sip a refreshing drink as the sun goes down.

In addition, there is a separate orchard for you to explore and a swing. The owners have a small two storey cottage within the grounds, located behind a tall Yew Hedge in its own very separate garden.

The owners may be in residence on occasion but are out of sight and will be discreet. The small village of Bignor is known for its preserved Roman Villa and wonderful walks up Bignor Hill.

The historic town of Arundel, is a ten minute drive, home to the ancient 12th century Arundel Castle and many independent shops, art galleries and restaurants.

Alternatively visit the market town of Petworth, known for its antique shops and Petworth House (National Trust).

A fascinating base for the whole family to enjoy.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Chichester 14.6 miles
  • Horsham 16.7 miles
  • Worthing 19.9 miles

A modest town and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, Petworth is ideally situated for exploring the South Downs National Park, as well as benefiting from sitting in close reach of the coast, offering a varied selection of coastal and countryside attractions at any time of the year. Twinned with Ranville in Normandy, France and San Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy, the beautiful town hosts a good range of amenities to keep you entertained on your travels. Home to a selection of shops where you can pick up any essential ingredients, as well as a range of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés, it caters for all of your culinary requirements. Petworth is also home to the 17th century stately home Petworth House, the grounds created by Capability Brown, this impressive National Trust property is well-worth visiting for its fine art and deer park. The Petworth Cottage Museum also sits within the town, demonstrating the domestic life for poor estate workers in the town in the 1900s, it makes the perfect place to learn about the rich history of the area. You will also find a scatter of art galleries within the town, as well as annual events such as 'petfringe', a fringe festival in the style of Edinburgh Fringe showing off local talent and guests, and a fun fair on the 20th November each year making fantastic family days out. Sitting within the South Downs National Park, you can expect to find ample opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding within the local area, with the park owning International Dark Sky Reserve status, it also makes a great spot for stargazing too. You can even explore the area in lots of unconventional ways, via paddling in a kayak amongst wildfowl and wildlife, or taking to the skies and paragliding to get a bird's eye view, there's so many ways to discover the park. Spend a day in the charming market town of Horsham with its wonderful shopping experiences boasting both independent and highstreet names as well as pleasing parks to mosey around, or venture to the seaside town of Worthing, offering a traditional coastal experience on its picturesque pier as well as being home to one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to be found here. Chichester, Guildford and Crawley or all within easy reach of the town too, making Petworth a splendid base for a fun-filled holiday.

Note: This property has a £100 good housekeeping bond .
Sorry no pets allowed.
Due to the number of steps from the car park to the house this may not be suitable for people with limited mobility
**Owner is very flexible on the changeover day**

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas